R-88

8-Channel Recorder and Mixer

R-88
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All in One Recorder, Mixer and Audio Interface - Anytime, Anywhere

The Roland R-88 establishes a new standard in professional portable recording by providing seamless integration of a recorder, mixer and a multi-channel audio interface. With eight discrete channels of audio recording plus a stereo mix, the R-88 is ideal for demanding multi-channel applications such as location sound design, event production, event videography, and live musical performance.

Surround Field Recording and Monitoring

The surround recording and monitoring workflow consists of a Holophone H2-Pro 7.1 Microphone feeding a Roland R-88 8-channel field recorder which in turn is connected via USB to a PC running a plug-in for DTS Headphone:X technology. Because the Roland R-88 is also an USB audio interface, while it is recording the 7.1 audio data it can simultaneously send all eight channels to a PC for backup recording or in this case, to be further processed using the DTS Headphone:X technology. See more information and photos. The R-4 Pro is a part of our series of audio field recorders. Compare Audio Field Recorders.

Features in V1.10 Update:

Polyphonic WAV Function - ability to save 2,4,6 or 8 channels in a single file

Control the R-88 using MIDI via the Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI interface - mix with a MIDI-controllable fader unit

Selectable input delay per channel - adjustable by 0.05 - 20 ms - ideal for surround micing

Cut-off frequency per channel - adjustable range 60-250Hz

Sensitivity gain and headphone boost functions

Expanded footswitch parameters

Seamless integration of recording, mixing and an audio interface - a new dimension in professional portable recording.

The Roland R-88 includes all the features required by location sound professionals including a full on-board mixer, various timecode modes and slate tone/mic for memos. The stereo mix output on the R-88 is perfect for location sound recording applications enabling a stereo mix back to the camera to record reference audio or provides a stereo monitor output while simultaneously recording individual tracks. With 8 discrete outputs you can also embed the audio tracks into a SDI video feed by using a multi-channel SDI audio embedder. It also features professional AES/EBU digital I/O to digitally record from or send to a mixing console or other digital source.

The R-88's built-in mixer is equipped with a 3-band EQ enabling a quality stereo mix to be monitored and/or recorded simultaneously along with each discrete audio track. The large touch screen display enables clear and intuitive device setup and control. You can lock the display and front controls to avoid any accidental operations.

Beyond field applications the R-88 is nicely suited for post-production environments featuring a built-in 10-input/8-output USB audio interface for multi-channel recording. The eight-output ports are especially useful for surround projects. The interface function is also able to provide a backup record mechanism simultaneously recording all tracks to a DAW of choice.

The R-88 supports BWF and iXML metadata including tags such as SCENE, TAKE, TIMECODE_RATE, etc. This enables and intelligent and seamless interchange of data with editing systems such as Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools.

The R-88 is extremely portable weighing less than six pounds including eight AA batteries. Optional accessories include a custom carrying bag, and remote footswitch controllers for start, stop and record, marking functions, etc.

FaderMaster Professional MIDI control of the R-88

With the Roland R-88, you can easily expand your work surface to include a MIDI fader controller. Connect your device to the R-88 using a Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI interface and mixing becomes a breeze. See the setup guide available which demonstrates the use of the JL Cooper FaderMaster Professional.

Awards

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Tec Award Nominee 2013 - Recording Devices.

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Roland 8-Channel Recorder and Mixer was Awarded a "Salute" at Government Video Expo 2012. The Salute award is given to recognize innovative new products.

See more Roland Professional A/V awards and nominations on our Awards Page.

Recorder Part
Channels
8 channels + 2 channels (stereo mix from built-in mixer) (44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz), 4 channels (192kHz)
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24 bits, DA Conversion: 24 bits
Data Type
Format: BWF (mono/stereo), Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192 kHz, Bit Depth : 16/24 bits
Recording Media
SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB to 32 GB, SD Memory Card: 2 GB
Mixer Part
Mixing Channels
Input: 8 channels, Output: 2 channels (stereo)
Channel Strip
3-band equalizer, Fader, Panpot, Stereo channel link
Master
Fader, Limiter
Audio Input and Output Part
IN 1-8 (Analog Inputs): XLR type (Phantom powered)
Nominal Input Level: Input Sens Knob: -62 (SENS +6dB parameter = ON), -56, -50, -44, -38, -32, -26, -20, -14, -8, -2, +4 dBu (Input Level Knob: 0), Input Level Knob: Minus infinity to +8 dB Maximum Input Level: +26 dBu
Input Impedance: Mic Input (Input Sens Knob: -62 to -20 dBu): 4 k ohms Line Input (Input Sens Knob: -14 to +4 dBu): 5.6 k ohms
OUT 1-2 (Analog Outputs): XLR type
Output Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu/-60 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms
OUT 3-8 (Analog Outputs): XLR type
Output Bus: Channel 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or Stereo mix from internal mixer, Output Level: +4 dBu, Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu, Output Impedance: 600 ohms *When sampling rate is 192kHz, outputs 5-8 are inactive.
MIX OUT (Analog Outputs): Stereo miniature phone type
Output Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer, Maximum Output Level: 2Vrms/-30dBu, Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
Digital Input/Output: XLR type (AES/EBU, conforms to IEC 60958-4)
Output Bus: Stereo mix from internal mixer
Headphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
Headphones: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, Output Level: 80mW (32 ohms), Output Impedance: 10 ohms
Built-in Speaker
Stereo
Phantom Power
48 +/- 4 V, 10 mA per 1 channel (8 channels of phantom power available simultaneously)
Residual Noise Level
OUT 1–8: –80dBu (Input Level Knob: Min), MIX OUT: –90dBu (Input Level Knob: Min)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
0.02 % or less (SENS Knob: +4 dBu, Input Level Knob: 0)
Frequency Response
20 Hz to 40 kHz (0 to -3 dB, Sampling Frequency: 96 kHz/192 kHz)
Input Effects
Limiter, Low cut, Stereo channel link
MS microphone decoder
For REC, for play and monitor
Slate Mic/Tone
Slate Mic: Built-in, Slate Mic: 1 kHz, –20 dBFS/Alarm Tone
Monitor
Pre Fader Listening (PFL), Real Time Analyzer (RTA)
Other Terminals
USB Interface
A Type Connector (For USB Memory) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class.
B Type Connector (For Computer) supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 Mass Storage Device Class or USB Audio (Hi-Speed USB, 10 channels inputs and 8 channels outputs)
*When sampling rate is 192kHz, the USB audio interface is inactive.
SMPTE Timecode
BNC Connectors (Conforms to SMPTE 12M-1999)
Frame rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97D, 30, 30D
Modes: INT, RTC, REC-RUN, EXT SYNC, EXT (AUTO JAM), EXT SYNC REC, EXT REC
Clock Accuracy - Max Error Rate : 15ppm
CONTROL 1,2 jack
1/4-inch TRS phone type
Others
Display
160 x 160 dots graphic display (touch screen)
Indicators
IN 1 to 8 Peak Indicators, Slate Mic Indicator, REC Indicator, Play Indicator
Power Supply
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 8, or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 8, External Power Supply: 4-pin XLR type (9 to 16 V)
Accessories
Owner's Manual, AC Adaptor (PSB-1U), AC Adaptor - 4pin XLR type connector conversion cable
Recording Time using 32GB SDHC memory card
1ch: 100 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 16 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
4ch: 25 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/192 kHz)
8ch: 12 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3.8 hours (24 bits/96 kHz)
10ch: 10 hours (16 bits/44.1 kHz), 3 hours(24 bits/96 kHz)
* These recording times are approximate. Actual results may vary somewhat.
* If more than one recorded file exists, the total recordable time will be less.
Size and Weight
Width
260 mm
10-1/4 inches
Depth
235 mm
9-5/16 inches
Height
93 mm
3-11/16 inches
Weight
2.67 kg
5 lbs. 15 oz.
*Weight including batteries
* 0dBu=0.775Vrms

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